Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar raked up the issue of reservation for repressed classes and asserted that ‘no one in the country has the power’ to scrap the provision. He also asked how will those at the margins come to the mainstream if reservation won’t be there. The statement comes amid reports that the Janata Dal United (JDU) supremo doesn’t want to continue as CM beyond 2020. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Supreme Court to Hear Plea on Migrant Workers on Monday
“If there won’t be reservation then how will those at the margins come to the mainstream? No one in this country has power to scrap the provision of reservation. We will sacrifice whatever maybe required, if needed, but no one has the power to scrap reservation,” he said on Wednesday while addressing Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) workers of his party, Janata Dal (United), from the Magadh region at a conclave in Patna. Also Read - Coronavirus in Bihar: What Self-isolation? Hospitals Blamed For Failing to Contain Spread
Claiming that the provision for reservation was made to help the marginalised sections join the social mainstream, he alleged that some people wish to give rise to tensions and differences in the society. “Ambedkar’s (draft of) Constitution was approved by the Constituent Assembly,” he was quoted as saying in a PTI report. Also Read - 'Will Defeat Purpose of Lockdown': Nitish Kumar on UP Govt's Strategy of Arranging Buses For Migrant Workers
The Bihar CM said his party introduced reservation for SCs in village panchayats in 2006 and reserved 50 per cent quota for women. He also spoke at length about the various schemes undertaken by his government for the welfare of Dalits, minorities and other weaker sections of society.
JD(U) national general secretary and MP RCP Singh, state minister Ramesh Rishidev and MLA Abhay Kushwaha also attended the conclave.
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Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha while quoting Nitish Kumar said, “I am neither doing any politics nor I am making any satirical comment on the CM, but he (Nitish Kumar) has himself expressed his desire not to continue beyond 2020. I have ruled for 15 years. How long will I be the CM.”
Kushwaha added that Nitish Kumar spoke about his intention a few months back. On the other hand, the JD(U) has brushed aside his claims. “Nitish Kumar was chief minister by “virtue of people’s mandate and the legislators’ choice”,” party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar reportedly said.